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The 2018 Virtual Professional Development Series


The following online learning opportunities are scheduled for 2018:


Aftershock: Impacts of Attending the ACL Summer Institute


The ACL Summer Institute is a three-day interactive experience that engages participants in wide-ranging discussions and activities, with a focus on skills related to consortial-level planning, program development, and resource cultivation. This webinar, facilitated by Institute faculty member and SEPCHE Executive Director Beth Moy, featured three alumni of the Institute and their strategies for turning the idea of change into real progress at their consortia: Cole Woodcox (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges), Chris Bass (Claremont University Consortium) and Sarah Kahrl (Five Colleges of Ohio). Representing collaboration-driven organizations of various sizes with diverse missions, our panelists helped those considering the ACL Summer Institute imagine how they, too, might get strategic planning off the shelf and into action.


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Strategic Thinking

May 29, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern |

Moderated by: Jeff Oberg, Big Ten Academic Alliance

Panelists: John Bryson, McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities; Stig Lanesskog, CEO, Claremont Support Services; Barb McFadden, Principal, McFadden, Rocklin and Associates


All too often organizations focus on developing a strategic plan and then it sits on the shelf for three years until it the process is undertaken again.  Some do develop plans and tactics to achieve their outlined goals, but many times these are cumbersome and consume inordinate amounts of time and attention.  Increasingly, organizations are turning to more nimble and adaptive approaches.


Staff throughout the organization are being engaged to think strategically in making key decisions.  Good ideas can come from anyone, not just leaders.  Strategic thinkers are future-conscious, focused on the long-term, curious, risk-takers, able to prioritize, nimble, creative and learners.  Wouldn’t it be better to develop the capacity in consortial staff to think strategically every day where they weigh up how to devote their time attention and other resources?  In this webinar, three experts with a wealth of experience with strategy development, management and assessment will share their thoughts on how this might be achieved.



  1. Gain an understanding of the difference between strategic thinking and strategic planning and how it can be used to further consortial work.
  2. Learn about the context that sets the stage for strategic action by individuals and organizations.
  3. Learn about a few simple tools that can be used by an individual to guide their own actions - or can be used by an organization in formal strategic planning.

Speaker Bios

Stig Lanesskog, Chief Executive Officer - The Claremont Colleges Services, is a highly-skilled executive, has a wealth of experience both in higher education and in the corporate sector as a professional consultant.  He currently oversees 34 shared services for The Claremont Colleges and works with the presidents and other senior leaders of the campuses to facilitate and implement strategic initiatives.


John Bryson, McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, is an expert in the areas of leadership, strategic management, and the design of organizational and community change processes.  He wrote the best-selling and award-winning Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 5th Edition (2018), and co-wrote with Barbara C. Crosby the award-winning Leadership for the Common Good, 2nd Edition (2005).  He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.


Barbara McFadden, Principal - McFadden, Rocklin and Associates, is a dynamic leader with expertise in organizational and human dynamics, and the establishment and operation of effective joint ventures.  She recently retired as the Executive Director of the Big Ten Academic Alliance where she was responsible for leading and directing collaborative academic programs across the member universities. Recently, she was a co-author of “Science Funding and Short-Term Economic Activity,” published in The Journal Science.

Shared Legal Services: A Simple and Sensible Solution to Cost Containment

November 2018

Moderated by: Jennifer Dugan, Associated Colleges of the South
Panelists: Owen Williams, President, Associated Colleges of the South; Jim Newberry, Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson

ACL Members Only: Click the years below to stream or download material from prior webinars.


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  • From Satisfaction to Impact: Trying on an Assessment Framework
  • Measuring the Value of Shared Services
  • Diversifying the Professoriate: Consortial Strategies and Metrics
  • Quantifying Economic Impact: Examples of Goals & Metrics as a Basis for Measuring Value


  • ACLx: 2016 Conference Recap
  • Laying the Groundwork for Collaborative Buying
  • Communication Strategies of College and University Consortia


  • Exploring Collaborative Opportunities with the DuShu Lake Consortium in China
  • Managing Consortium Boards: An ACL Expert Dialog
  • Strategic Content Curation and Communication: Use Simple Technologies to Expand Your Reach


  • Transformational Academic Collaboration: Tips for Creating and Sustaining Momentum
  • Greater Impact through Program Measurement & Evaluation
  • Collaborating for Professional Development: What Works
  • Using Biometrics for Student Authentication


  • Critical Friends: A Process Built on Reflection

  • Communicate Your Impact to Your Stakeholders

  • Consortial Partnerships with External Organizations

  • The Why, The Who, The When and The Wherefore of Program Evaluations

  • Next Generation Instructional Technology: A Collaborative Approach

  • Cross-Registration: How Well Does It Really Work?


  • The Role of Consortia in Fostering Campus Security in Alignment with Local and Community Police Agencies

  • Consortium and Center Diversity: Our Differences, Our Strengths

  • Marketing for Centers and Consortia

  • Catalyzing Sustainability Initiatives

  • How Institutions Can Work Together

  • Corsortial Survival 101
  • Ways to Instill Ownership in Consortia Activities
  • Dealing with Uncertainty: Managing in Times of Change
  • Building a Culture of Collaboration Through Civic Engagement and Service Learning Initiatives
  • Consortium Board Relations
  • Be More Effective by Understanding and Responding to the Politics of Your Consortium
  • Influencing the New Administration: Sharing the Economic Value of Consortia
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